Alex Kane has won the gold.
In the main event of MLW Never Say Never, Kane challenged Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship. The two powerhouses battled it out in a hard-fought match, and they threw everything they had at each other. Hammerstone nearly won the match with the Nightmare Pendulum, but Kane rolled out of the ring.
In the closing minutes, Mr. Thomas interfered, but his involvement nearly cost Kane, as the challenger accidentally knocked him off the apron, and Hammerstone gained the upper hand. However, Kane persevered, and when he locked in a chokehold, the champion had no choice but to tap out.
After the bell, Kane celebrated with Bomaye Fight Club.
Hammerstone had a lengthy reign as the champion; he won the gold by defeating Jacob Fatu in a Title vs. Title match at MLW Fightland 2021. The loss ended Hammerstone’s reign at 641 days.
Kane earned the title shot by winning the 40-man Battle Riot in April. He is a former MLW National Openweight Champion.
Catch up on our coverage of MLW Never Say Never here.
Make Or Break Moment
Alex Kane recently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard. Kane said a show like Never Say Never is extremely important. Kane said he considers his match against Hammerstone as a make-or-break moment.
“We’re already on the map but the impact hasn’t been big enough,” Alex Kane said. “I know with the Reelz deal like we’ve reached a certain demographic that nobody else is really touching. I think with it being live and that demographic, being able to reach even deeper into that demographic will be extremely beneficial for us.
“Every big moment I’ve had in MLW has been a test, and this is like the final. It’s not the final exam but it’s [a huge test]. Can I perform under this kind of pressure or not? This is like a make or break moment, in my opinion.
“So I definitely think this is very, very important. For now, if I do end up beating [Alex] Hammerstone, that’ll be kind of like the tone-setting for me. Whatever happens in the future, if I’m not with MLW, like, wrestling on one of the other two big brands. There’s a lot in the backpack for me right now.”